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Upcoming Movies...and the Trends Hollywood Enjoys
Topic by: Battie
Posted: July 5, 2005 - 10:29 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 9, 2005 - 9:13 AM PDT

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author topic: Upcoming Movies...and the Trends Hollywood Enjoys
Battie
post #1  on July 5, 2005 - 10:29 AM PDT  
Well, we're all seeing trends lately. Sequels, tri-quels, CGI, comic book movies and, above all, remakes! Well, what about video game movies? Would y'all be surprised to know that not one, not two, but at least six movies based on video games will be released in the next year? Yes, The End has come. >_> As someone on an IMDB board joked, when does Pac-Man: The Movie come out?

Ahh...sadly, if you like movies-based-on-VGs...well, Uwe Boll is doing five of them. This is the same man who did Alone in the Dark, which I was not impressed with (and I'm easy to impress when it comes to horror) and House of the Dead, WHICH I FREAKIN' HATED. >_> I am aware that I am not alone in my opinion. *shudder* Worst Zombie Movie Ever: House of the Dead. I actually think it's worse than Ghouls, which I didn't even finish. *gah, I saw HotD in a THEATER!*

Well, I'm looking forward to Doom...it's so very easy to enjoy a movie when I can stare at bulging biceps. Actually, I have a lot of respect for The Rock. He dressed in drag and pretended to be a drunk girl on SNL; any man who can do that has my respect! (Do I have low standards?)

I'm also looking forward to Blood Rayne. Always wanted to play the games...never got around to it. Too many other hobbies. But it has Ben Kingsley and Michelle Rodriguez! Which finally brings to mind one of the few actresses I'm semi-obsessed with. She rocks! >:P *updates profile*

I'll probably also eventually see Dungeon Seige just cuz I like Matthew Lilliard. He's so geeky...but ever since Scream, I've had a thing for him. Maybe it's all that energy and cynicism many of his characters display. Scooby-Doo almost killed it, however. Ron Perlman ain't bad either. I liked him in Hellboy. ^_^ Yes, I liked Hellboy! (The comics were better...but one can't be too picky when it comes to Hollywood Blockbusters, eh?)

Far Cry...no clue who is in it, and I'm not anxious to find out. Same for Hunter: The Reckoning and Fear Effect.

So, in conclusion, we movie-goers (at least those of us who haven't quite learned to avoid mainstream Hollywood movies) are set for another year of...Hollywood's lack of creativity. >:D
jross3
post #2  on July 5, 2005 - 3:51 PM PDT  
I just saw a preview for another remake I hadn't heard of yet: the Bad News Bears, staring Billy Bob Thorton.

I think I know what the problem is. I saw this in an episode of South Park: Hollywood is using a 10-year-old in a robot costume to think up all their movie ideas.
It's far-fetched, but if this disease has a single root cause, I can't think of anything more credible than that.

On the other hand, maybe Hollywood is cyclical. Eventually, there will be enough old ideas that they will have a fully recyclable resource for making new movies. Live long enough, and we may see remakes of Jurassic Park and Titanic....
lizzoqops
post #3  on July 5, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT  
The stupidest but best part of all this is how they're crying that no one is going to the movies, and they're not making near as much money as they thought they would from theaters and dvd sales this summer. And I'm sure blaming everything from piracy to Al Qaeda.
shiori308
post #4  on July 5, 2005 - 9:12 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2005 - 10:29 AM PDT Battie wrote:
I like Matthew Lilliard. He's so geeky...but ever since Scream, I've had a thing for him.
> ---------------------------------

Another example of geek = cute.

shiori308
post #5  on July 5, 2005 - 9:14 PM PDT  
Is it sad that I read all those movies and got a little bit excited? I didn't realize any of these movies were coming out but I LOVE Bloodrayne so I will more than likely like the movie even if it is Gigli-bad. Just like I LOVED Resident Evil. Can't resist chicks kicking ass. Michelle Rodriguez is playing the lead? Is she going to have the red hair?

shiori308
post #6  on July 5, 2005 - 9:17 PM PDT  
Okay just saw the movie poster for Bloodrayne... looks stupid... now I'm angry.

ALittlefield
post #7  on July 6, 2005 - 6:46 AM PDT  
I've never seen a video game movie, and I'm not exactly excited about any upcoming ones; personally, I don't think video games, with their repetitive action and flimsy plots, make for good movies(except for ones with repetitive action and flimsy plots!). Still, to be fair, it sounds like video game stories are getting a little more sophisticated, so maybe there will come a day when I will willingly see one. Maybe.
NLee
post #8  on July 6, 2005 - 10:20 AM PDT  
I've watched quite a few movies or series that are based on popular video games. Some examples include "Tomb Raider" (1 and 2), "Final Fantasy - Spirit Within", "Sin", "Sakura Wars", not to mention all those hentai animes such as "Bible Black", "Koi Hime", "Step Sister",... Oh wait, I said not to mention those.

The funny thing is that I have never played any of those video games which inspired the above movies. Well, maybe except the demo version of Tomb Raider.

Now, when is "Civilization II - The Movie" going to come out?
Battie
post #9  on July 6, 2005 - 2:35 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2005 - 3:51 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just saw a preview for another remake I hadn't heard of yet: the Bad News Bears, staring Billy Bob Thorton.
>

I'm gonna be honest here...I'll probably see that one on DVD. I like Billy Bob, and I'm happy to support a movie that has kids AND racy humor. God forbid the soccer moms who refuse to use the word ass ever control every movie with kids in it.

> I think I know what the problem is. I saw this in an episode of South Park: Hollywood is using a 10-year-old in a robot costume to think up all their movie ideas.
> It's far-fetched, but if this disease has a single root cause, I can't think of anything more credible than that.
>

Hmmm...Or maybe the writers, like much of America, have lost all sense of creativity. Talk to a few eight year olds. Hell, talk to some sixteen year olds! It's scarring. I ended up spending the fourth with my younger (16, 17 in two months) brother and...*shudder* I'm a feminist (and, no, not the feminist mainstream American thinks of--I wear skirts and like men just fine...usually) and my brother is a chauvanist at his young age. "Women can never be equal to men." Imagine my shock. >_> However...my original point is that many kids who grew up in public school often do not have an original thought unless they were "gifted." Or homosexual. >:P

> On the other hand, maybe Hollywood is cyclical. Eventually, there will be enough old ideas that they will have a fully recyclable resource for making new movies. Live long enough, and we may see remakes of Jurassic Park and Titanic....
>

We've already had remakes of Titanic. In fact, it was a remake! Remaking Jurassic Park is kind of...disturbing. When are they gonna redo Poltergeist? Or Clockwork Orange? >:P
Battie
post #10  on July 6, 2005 - 2:37 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2005 - 9:14 PM PDT shiori308 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Is it sad that I read all those movies and got a little bit excited? I didn't realize any of these movies were coming out but I LOVE Bloodrayne so I will more than likely like the movie even if it is Gigli-bad. Just like I LOVED Resident Evil. Can't resist chicks kicking ass. Michelle Rodriguez is playing the lead? Is she going to have the red hair?
> ---------------------------------

Nah, she's playing a secondary lead. But that's good enough for me.

The poster does seem...lame. But they just began filming, so chances are that the poster will change (given that I doubt many people like it).
jross3
post #11  on July 6, 2005 - 3:38 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 2:35 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> We've already had remakes of Titanic. In fact, it was a remake!

Oh dear. This goes further back than I thought.
Maybe its success was what started this horror. People realized, "We don't need to be original to make money! Holy cow!"

> Remaking Jurassic Park is kind of...disturbing.

A few cycles from now, we'll have real, classically trained dinosaur actors for the cast.
T-Rex, in his dressing pen: "OK, this scene is my big entrance, so I really have to make it special. 'Roar!!!' ... oh, no that won't do. 'Roar!' ... Oh! The goat, I forgot about the goat! Oh, but I'm a vegetarian, can't we use a stage goat or a tofu-goat for this? Director! Director, I need to talk to you!"
The big spin for that version will be its historical setting, with a heavy social/political slant. "21st Century sadistic genius is first to clone dinosaurs - and first to opress them!"
.... Yeah, that is kind of disturbing....
shiori308
post #12  on July 6, 2005 - 4:50 PM PDT  
I will bet money that they have already done many many remakes of those movies, just not ones that hit the theaters... but sometimes if you watch a little of the sci-fi channel on the weekends you can come up with some prett lame knock-offs... I mean remakes.
Anaconda (not the greatest movie to begin with anyhow but...) = Python 1, 2 = Komodo and I am sure there are more it has just been awhile since I have worked at BBV. But that brings up another awful money-making concep although I don't know how they make money off of these. Bad horror movies with even worse sequels. Species... Species 2... Species 3... Mimic... Mimic 2... Mimic 3... Shark Attack 1 through 1 Billion... Scarecrow... Scarecrow Slayer... Scarecrow Gone Wild (Yes like girls gone wild)... you think that if they are going to make these films they would at least exert some amount of creative energy to come up with better titles although I am fairly impressed that they at least know how to count to five.

woozy
post #13  on July 6, 2005 - 4:57 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT lizzoqops wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The stupidest but best part of all this is how they're crying that no one is going to the movies, and they're not making near as much money as they thought they would from theaters and dvd sales this summer. And I'm sure blaming everything from piracy to Al Qaeda.
> ---------------------------------

It is weird how they never quite put two and two together. At nearly ten bucks a pop, six minutes of full-screen coerced audience product *commercials* (I honestly feel if commercials are shown, admission should not be shown) twenty minutes of previews, sticky seats, bad movies that seem exactly the same as every other movie and which will not be memorable six months from now, why *should* anyone want to go to the movies? At escapism for roughly $5 an hour that leaves no lasting impression just about anything (I'd suggest hiring the teenager next door to stand about as you throw grapefruits at him-- for $5 an hour he *will* do it) is more entertaining.

Battie
post #14  on July 6, 2005 - 5:18 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 10:20 AM PDT NLee wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've watched quite a few movies or series that are based on popular video games. Some examples include "Tomb Raider" (1 and 2), "Final Fantasy - Spirit Within", "Sin", "Sakura Wars", not to mention all those hentai animes such as "Bible Black", "Koi Hime", "Step Sister",... Oh wait, I said not to mention those.
>

Well...those weren't coming out in droves. What, like one per year? As for Sin...that was animation. Don't count. And the hentais even less so. :P

> The funny thing is that I have never played any of those video games which inspired the above movies. Well, maybe except the demo version of Tomb Raider.
>

Ah...I played some of the Tomb Raider games. I liked finding ways to torment the butler. But, inevitably, he never flinched. Lock him in the freezer...nada. Shot him...nada. Kind of sucked.

Actually, what with all the bedrooms, I always thought Lara Croft should've had a boytoy chained up somewhere. *manages to look innocent*

> Now, when is "Civilization II - The Movie" going to come out?
>

Hah! Naaw...Whiplash! I'd like to see a cartoon of that one. ^_^
Battie
post #15  on July 6, 2005 - 8:26 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 4:50 PM PDT shiori308 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I will bet money that they have already done many many remakes of those movies, just not ones that hit the theaters... but sometimes if you watch a little of the sci-fi channel on the weekends you can come up with some prett lame knock-offs... I mean remakes.
> Anaconda (not the greatest movie to begin with anyhow but...) = Python 1, 2 = Komodo and I am sure there are more it has just been awhile since I have worked at BBV. But that brings up another awful money-making concep although I don't know how they make money off of these. Bad horror movies with even worse sequels. Species... Species 2... Species 3... Mimic... Mimic 2... Mimic 3... Shark Attack 1 through 1 Billion... Scarecrow... Scarecrow Slayer... Scarecrow Gone Wild (Yes like girls gone wild)... you think that if they are going to make these films they would at least exert some amount of creative energy to come up with better titles although I am fairly impressed that they at least know how to count to five.
> ---------------------------------

God. GAWD.

>_> Those are horrible. I used to love Sci-Fi channel, before it was included in the basic cable package. They actually showed movies that were worth watching. Series, too. But now...GAWD. It's hideous. The only thing I watch Sci-Fi for is Battlestar Galactica and the occasional series episode if I'm bored. Why can't they just show independent movies (independent of the "a Sci-Fi Channel movie" crap) from the last uh...However long sci-fi and horror movies have been around. That'd give them plenty of movies to show, even bad ones. But at least they wouldn't be nearly as bad as what Sci-Fi makes. >:|

Shiori, you forgot Boa. And Boa Vs. Python. Then there was some horrid little movie with a giant King Cobra. Blech!

But yeah, where has all the creativity gone? I mean, there've been some AWFUL sci-fi/horror movies, but they had a heck of a lot more imagination than what's being pumped out these days. Even the somewhat awful 1980 film Humanoids from the Deep was better...though it ran like something that belonged in one of NLee's lists of bad hentai! I actually enjoy the movie for its utter lack of embarassment over its own perversion! Okay, I'm not that intellectual. I just like that's it's campy in a twisted way. ^_^

But really now. For all the horror and horror/sci-fi movies that were made in the 70s and 80s, you'd think Sci-Fi channel could come up with something better than "Boa vs. Python." Or that weird movie about the genetically altered human/Hammerhead that was going to be mated to the girlfriend it'd had when he was human. Whatever.



Off-topic: Air repairmen suck! Mine broke Monday late afternoon (I dealt with it alright...by taking many cold showers and staying nude, lmao), but boy was it hot! I'd say 90-95 degrees every day by 1 p.m. And it didn't get down to a reasonable temp till about 11 or midnight. (Inside my place.) Anyway, the broken air conditioning unit is now replaced and running...for $500 total. HAH! Okay, so it's expensive...but it coulda been a lot worse. God, it rules to have a retired repairman next door. >:P (Right now around here, most people are not only paying over a grand to have a UNIT replaced, but are also on a nice little waiting list just to have the problem checked out. Muwahaha!)
Battie
post #16  on July 6, 2005 - 8:30 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 4:57 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It is weird how they never quite put two and two together. At nearly ten bucks a pop, six minutes of full-screen coerced audience product *commercials* (I honestly feel if commercials are shown, admission should not be shown) twenty minutes of previews, sticky seats, bad movies that seem exactly the same as every other movie and which will not be memorable six months from now, why *should* anyone want to go to the movies? At escapism for roughly $5 an hour that leaves no lasting impression just about anything (I'd suggest hiring the teenager next door to stand about as you throw grapefruits at him-- for $5 an hour he *will* do it) is more entertaining.
> ---------------------------------

Hmm...you know, a few years ago we'd sit there before the lights would dim seeing local ads and movie trivia. Then we'd hit trailers, then the movies. Sometime in the last two years, they added mini-commercials that involved MovieWatcher cards and MovieTickets.com, which was okay since it was movie related. Then not too long ago (within the last twelve months), they added a few "commercials" from soda companies. At War of the Worlds, they finally topped it off by treating me to an assortment of LONG commercials before the trailers. As I sat there watching them, the thought, "WTF is going on? I'm paying for this crap? If I wanted to watch commercials, I'd be at home!"

Hmm...you're right about that. Strange how I've never considered paying someone to let me throw things at them. I'd get so much enjoyment out of that. Not only would it be amusing to hurt them (minor hurt!), but I could work off frustration by lobing objects at a moving target! Wooo!

Wait. I meant uh...How awful of you to think that, woozy. Very mainstream American.
shiori308
post #17  on July 6, 2005 - 8:37 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 8:26 PM PDT Battie wrote:

> Off-topic: Air repairmen suck! Mine broke Monday late afternoon (I dealt with it alright...by taking many cold showers and staying nude, lmao), but boy was it hot! I'd say 90-95 degrees every day by 1 p.m. And it didn't get down to a reasonable temp till about 11 or midnight. (Inside my place.) Anyway, the broken air conditioning unit is now replaced and running...for $500 total. HAH! Okay, so it's expensive...but it coulda been a lot worse. God, it rules to have a retired repairman next door. >:P (Right now around here, most people are not only paying over a grand to have a UNIT replaced, but are also on a nice little waiting list just to have the problem checked out. Muwahaha!)
> ---------------------------------

I paid three hundred plus dollars to have Firestone temporarily fix the AC in my car. Yes, as in it is not fixed just fixed until it breaks again which at that time they will apparently be able to tell me what's wrong with it. I predict that it will break down that one day that for some reason I have to wear a long sleeved shirt for something and I'm late and running around and it's 120 degrees outside.

shiori308
post #18  on July 6, 2005 - 8:39 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 8:26 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> Shiori, you forgot Boa. And Boa Vs. Python. Then there was some horrid little movie with a giant King Cobra. Blech!

> ---------------------------------


Boa! That was the other one I was thinking of, a bunch of my BBV friends and I watched that movie during inventory. We had this bad movie marathon and all picked out really bad action/horror movies. I picked out Monsturd... ha ha!
shiori308
post #19  on July 6, 2005 - 8:44 PM PDT  
A little more on topic:
Just saw the trailer for Corpse Bride. Tim Burton's newest stop motion movie coming out in September. Seems like they used the same musical score from Nightmare Before Christmas, how disappointing. But I still want to see it, I liked Nightmare Before Christmas.

villain
post #20  on July 6, 2005 - 9:06 PM PDT  
> On July 5, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT lizzoqops wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> And I'm sure blaming everything from piracy to Al Qaeda.
> ---------------------------------

(in a very hush, hush whispering tone)"the terrorists hate our liberty. they hate our freedom!" -david cross

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